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Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

Recent Posts

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

Recent Posts

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.

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Trips by*

Susan Christensen


Total cost of 12 trips: $11,042.48


Trips traveled under the office of Nancy Johnson

Destination: WASH DC TO TAMPA FL
Sponsor: Merck & Co
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Nov 29, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,715.02
source

Destination: BALTIMORE
Sponsor: Catholic Health Association and affiliates
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $170.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Cardinal Health Inc
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,200.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: California Healthcare Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 20, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,295.00
source

Destination: WASH DC TO BOCA RATON FL
Sponsor: Novartis
Purpose: PRESENTATION AT FELLOWSHIP
Date: May 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $632.00
source

Destination: DC TO JACKSONVILLE FL
Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and state affiliates
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 18, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $893.90
source

Destination: NY CITY
Sponsor: NEW YORK PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Sep 14, 2001
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: ATLANTA
Sponsor: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
Purpose: PRESENTATION
Date: Jan 27, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $793.00
source

Destination: NYC
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 19, 2002
Expense: $311.54
source

Destination: TAMPA
Sponsor: HEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL; CARDINAL HEALTHCARE; BAXTER HEALTHCARE;PREMIER INC
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Feb 20, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $896.02
source

Destination: LGA
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $690.50
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: NAT'L LONG-TERM CARE FORUM (GREG LUGUE)
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Apr 25, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,195.50
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Susan Christensen.


American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

Recent Posts

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.